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EECS Weekly News: January 13, 2014

ANNOUNCEMENTS

College of Engineering scholarship applications are now available
Apply now for scholarships for the 2014-2015 academic year. You MUST complete the application during this time frame; we do not accept applications at any other time. A single application (http://oregonstate.edu/scholarships/app/) covers both College of Engineering and EECS scholarships. Deadline: February 15. Questions or issues: askengineering@oregonstate.edu. Additional information: http://engineering.oregonstate.edu/scholarship-information

IN THE NEWS

Daily Edventures: Global Heroes in Education
Margaret Burnett, a professor of computer science and proud mentor, has been a pioneer of women in computer science since she started her career in 1971. In fact, she was the first woman hired into management at a 13,000-employee complex of Procter & Gamble. Her mentor at that time, Burnett tells us, had to fight “tooth and nail to hire me instead of my competitor, who was a man.” Daily Edventures

Six Novel Machine Learning Applications
Machine learning is a powerful artificial intelligence tool that enables us to crunch petabytes of data and make sense of a complicated world. And it’s transforming a wide variety of industries. It’s solving previously unsolved problems. Oregon State University is working on software that will determine which bird species is/are on a given audio recording collected in field conditions. Forbes

NOT NEWS, BUT OF INTEREST

Salary Survey: Starting Salary for Class of 2013 Up 2.6 Percent
The final overall average starting salary for Class of 2013 bachelor’s degree graduates increased 2.6 percent to $45,633 from the final overall average of $44,482 for the Class of 2012, according to results of NACE’s January 2014 Salary Survey, the final report on starting salaries for the Class of 2013. National Association of Colleges and Employers

Airbnb scouts for Portland location, potentially adding more brand-name tech to the city
Airbnb, a buzzy startup that rents vacation space inside people’s homes, is quietly scouting around Portland for a substantial outpost in the city. If Airbnb arrives in Portland, it would be the latest in a long string of prominent tech companies to open an Oregon outpost. Intel, Hewlett-Packard Co., Xerox and others have long had significant offices in the state, and now a new generation of tech business is migrating into Oregon. The Oregonian

OPPORTUNITIES

E-Government Portal Advisory Board Student Member
Currently the State of Oregon E-Government program is responsible for the E-Government Portal Advisory Board. Of the 13 members, including State legislative members and agency directors, there’s one position reserved for an Oregon student. We’re currently assembling a recommendation list to submit to Governor Kitzhaber’s office. The Board meets for 3-4 hours every quarter in Salem; for members that cannot attend in person we do have a dedicated video conference system they can utilize with internet access and a phone. Member should have an interest in E-government, transparency, citizen engagement and State level politics. The student member should be able to join the board regularly for a length of 2 years, this will allow development into contributing member. Additional information about the duties: http://www.oregon.gov/epab/Pages/index.aspx. If you are interested in serving on this board, please send your resume to eecs@oregonstate.edu no later than Monday, January 20.

Engineering Awareness Week
January 13-16; presentations are given twice (6pm and 7pm) to accommodate as many schedules as possible.
Presentations about each engineering major given by faculty and advisors in each discipline. The one-hour sessions will provide an overview of that particular field of engineering, including required coursework, co-curricular opportunities like research and internships, and career opportunities. Details

oSTEM@OSU Interest Session
January 14 or 15, 6 PM, Kelley room 1007
Our mission is to actively recruit and address the needs of diverse groups within the LGBTQA STEM community, inclusive of those who are historically underrepresented. We are currently working on meeting as many interested students and faculty as possible in our community so we can feel comfortable and connected during our time together at Oregon State. A pizza-catered interest session will be held Tuesday and Wednesday of Week 2, winter term. We hope to hear a lot of ideas about how you’d like to see the club evolve and what you would expect of oSTEM@OSU. Details

Art of Leadership conference
Saturday, February 15, Memorial Union, Oregon State University
What are you doing to better your leadership skills, and how will you demonstrate that to future supervisors or graduateschools as you apply to your next stage in life? Dr. Larry Roper, Vice Provost for Student Affairs, will be our keynote speaker. After Dr. Roper’s address, choose different avenues for growth in personal leadership development, intergenerational leadership skills, and design thinking. Details

Backpack to Briefcase
Tuesday, January 14, 6:00 PM to 7:30 PM, CH2M HILL Alumni Center
Interested in learning how to make a good first impression? Or are you simply interested in cleaning up your social media sites? The OSU Student Alumni Association is teaming up with Career Services to give students an opportunity to learn about how your social media sites can affect your first impression for employers. Students are encouraged to bring laptops to have faculty and staff review profile sites for feedback. Bring a few friends! Details

Recruitment for Whole Grain Study
The College of Public Health and Human Science’s nutrition department is recruiting for focus groups. We are researching college students’ attitudes towards eating whole grain foods. Your participation will take about 2 hours and will consist of a brief online survey followed by a focus group. You must be 18-24 years old and an enrolled student at Oregon State NOT majoring in nutrition, dietetics, or food science and technology. Participants will receive a $20 Fred Meyer gift card upon completion of the online survey and focus group. Details

Technology Activism 3rd Monday: Learn how to browse the internet privately
Monday, January 20, 6pm-8pm, Flux - Portland's Feminist Hackerspace, 412 NW Couch #222 Portland, OR 97209
If you're interested in learning (or teaching!) how to use the internet privately, please join The Privly Foundation for Portland's Techno-Activism 3rd Monday. Details

IEEE Store Seeking Volunteers
The IEEE Student Chapter is now seeking volunteers to staff the IEEE Store. Located in the basement of Dearborn Hall, the store provides students with many common, esoteric, and special order electrical components and parts for their school or personal projects. Student volunteers are crucial to the operation of the store, which is entirely student-operated. This is your opportunity to better serve the OSU community. Volunteering is easy, fun, educational, and it looks great on scholarship applications and resumes. A typical volunteer may work in the store for only one or two hours per week, although more time is certainly welcomed. Please sign up with the time you would like to volunteer on the following doodle: http://doodle.com/be74rqkc5unukbb7

WiN PubTalk: Shark Tank with Staff from the OSU Advantage Accelerator
Tuesday, January 14, 6pm - 8pm, Corvallis Sports Park
Join us for a local rendition of Shark Tank with Staff from the OSU Advantage Accelerator. The best ideas are guaranteed to be a finalist with the OSU's Advantage Accelerator for acceptance into the January 2014 program. Hardware Ideas can also get into the Makers Space with RelianceCM. Details

The Emerging Leadership Paradigm: Why Portland Will Lead the Way
Thursday, January 23, 7:30-10:00 am, Rose Room, Rose Quarter, Portland, OR
$25.00 Member, $45.00 Non-Member (Technology Association of Oregon)
Over the last 50 years the business environment has become more complex. The old paradigm of simply using fixed measures that predictably control outcomes is failing to produce the results they once did. New forces beyond the efficient flow of activity are becoming more significant. The new emerging paradigm moves us from a mechanistic orientation to one that views the organization as a living organism. This paradigm views organizations as an integral part of an eco-system, where purpose, meaning and relationships are important key drivers of success. These organizations are dynamic, responsive to ever-changing conditions, transparent and make a positive impact. Details

Design a web site this Winter! CS 195 Beginning Web Authoring will teach you the basics of web site development:

  • Design and production with HTML5, CSS3, and PHP
  • Graphic design and image optimization
  • Site management
  • Online promotion

In just 10 weeks, you'll have a professional, functional web site for the topic of your choice. Build a site for your portfolio, club, or friends and family. No textbook cost or lab fees! Sign up right away! CRN: 39840. 4 Credits. http://people.oregonstate.edu/~vanlondp/testing/

Are you savvy? Enroll in WGSS 320 Gender & Technology to meet the BACC Science Technology Synthesis requirements through meaningful activities:

  • Research and write about the social and economic impacts of women in the technology industry.
  • See technology products through a Gender Lens.
  • Discuss trends in STEM and STEAM.
  • Learn to add your research and writing to a web site.
  • Plan for your greatest dream!

No textbook cost! 3 credits. Offered online. CRN: 33990. http://people.oregonstate.edu/~vanlondp/wgss320/

GRADUATE EXAMS

Friday, January 17, 3:00 PM - 5:00 PM, KEC 3114. MS Final Examination – Xiangyu Wang. Major Advisor: Alan Wang; Committee: Julia Zhang, Larry Cheng; GCR: Matt Graham. "Characterization of Liquid Droplets from Inkjet Printers by Optical Scattering." Details

COLLOQUIA/SEMINARS

Monday, January 13, 4:00pm - 4:50pm, KEC 1001. "Challenges of Calibrated Time-Interleaved High-Speed ADCs" presented by Aaron Buchwald, Fellow, Entropic Communications. Details

Thursday, February 6, 3:00 PM - 4:00 PM, KEC 1007. "Opportunities and Challenges in Two Dimensional Magnetic Recording" presented by Jonathan Coker, HGST, a Western Digital Company. Details

SCHOLARSHIPS/FELLOWSHIPS

Google US/Canada PhD Fellowship Program
Nurturing and maintaining strong relations with the academic community is a top priority at Google. The Google U.S./Canada PhD Student Fellowship Program was created to recognize outstanding graduate students doing exceptional work in computer science, related disciplines, or promising research areas. Google will award two-year fellowships consisting of tuition and fees, $33K yearly stipend (paid over 9 months of the academic year), Google Research Mentor, third year extension possible at Google's discretion. Nominations and applications materials are due February 1, 2014. Details

RESEARCH EXPERIENCES FOR UNDERGRADUATES

Center for Sustainable Materials Chemistry Undergraduate Research Program
The CSMC Summer Research Program for undergraduates is a 9 week summer research program in sustainable materials science. Research positions are available in Chemistry, Physics, and Engineering. At the start of the summer, students attend a one week tutorial called the Sustainable Materials Research Training (SMaRT) Camp at the University of Oregon. After SMaRT Camp, students perform cutting edge research at one of the CSMC host labs. Application deadline: February 28. Details

Computational Sensing and Medical Robotics at The Johns Hopkins University
Participants will contribute to specific research projects pursued by faculty and researchers at the Laboratory for Computational Sensing and Robotics (LCSR) and Computer Integrated Surgical Systems and Technology ERC. Projects are listed by departments including Electrical and Computer Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, Biomedical Engineering and Computer Science. Each student will be a part of a collegial research team, including a faculty project supervisor and a graduate student mentor, and will work on a challenging research project. The projects will be designed to match each student’s interest and to maximize the potential for making a contribution during the session. Application deadline: February 21. Details

Undergraduate Summer Research Grants (USRG) at Texas A&M University
The purpose of the USRG program is to involve outstanding students who have completed their sophomore year and are interested in pursuing graduate studies. We anticipate that these students will make a contribution to ongoing faculty research and, more importantly, gain an appreciation for and an interest in research. Applicant eligibility: Interest in and a desire to actively participate in ongoing research projects. Minimum 3.25 cumulative GPA (exceptions can be made on a case-by-case basis). Be a U.S. citizen or permanent resident. Major in engineering or related science or math curriculum. Completed sophomore year (at least 60 hours) by the end of Spring 2014 (exceptions can be made on a case-by-case basis). Plan to graduate no sooner than December 2014. Application deadline: February 10. Details

Cybersecurity Research Experience for Undergraduates in Science and Engineering at the University of Maryland, College Park
The Clark School of Engineering at the University of Maryland is seeking applications for Scholars to become integral members of team-based research projects in cybersecurity coordinated by faculty in the Maryland Cybersecurity Center (MC2). Students majoring in engineering, computer science, math, and physical science are strongly encouraged to apply. Application deadline: February 14. Details

Undergraduate Research at the Nano-Bio Interface - University of Pennsylvania
This 10-week program is designed to give undergraduate students the opportunity to work with scientists on the cutting-edge of nanoscale research across a wide range of disciplines from materials science, mechanical engineering, chemistry, physics, biology, bioengineering, physiology, chemical engineering and electrical engineering. NBIC capitalizes on Penn’s recognized strengths in design of molecular function and quantification of individual molecules, and has led interdisciplinary, internationally recognized research around the themes of biomolecular optoelectronic function and molecular motions. Application deadline: February 28. Details

Undergraduate Research Opportunity in the Cognition and Action in Real and Virtual Environments (CARVE) Lab
We use virtual reality to study visual perception, spatial navigation, learning, and human-computer interaction. The virtual reality system incorporates a head-mounted display (HMD), optical position tracking, inertial orientation tracking, and a video see-through display for augmented reality. We're looking for some smart, motivated volunteers who are interested in gaining some hands-on experience programming virtual reality scenarios (using Python-based software). If you are interested in this opportunity or would like more information, please contact Kristen.Macuga@oregonstate.edu.

Computing Research Association Distributed Research Experiences for Undergraduates
The CRA-W/CDC Distributed Research Experiences for Undergraduates (DREU) Program matches promising undergraduates with a faculty mentor for a summer research experience at the faculty member's home institution. The objective of the DREU is to increase the number of women and students from underrepresented groups, including ethnic minorities and persons with disabilities, entering graduate studies in the fields of computer science and engineering. Details

JOBS

Recent job postings on Beaver JobNet
Students must apply through Beaver JobNet to access/apply for the postings. Using their onid accounts, students/alums can log in here: https://oregonstate-csm.symplicity.com/students/. Any issues with Beaver JobNet, contact Cheryl.L.Herring@oregonstate.edu.

Career Services January 2014 newsletter

  • Winter Career Fairs
  • Resume & Cover Letter Drop-Ins
  • Student/Alum Spotlight
  • Nonprofit & Volunteer Fair
  • Career Trail
  • Career Fair Preparation
  • Volunteer Opportunity
  • Career Guide

OSL Student Systems Engineer, OSU Open Source Lab. The OSU Open Source Lab (http://osuosl.org) is looking for two student systems engineers. You: Enjoy using open source software. Install Linux at home to play around with Web servers, file servers, etc. Aren't afraid to use the command line to get things done. Would like to work closely with developers of cool open source projects. Are looking for a challenging job where you'll have the opportunity to use your problem-solving skills while maintaining production servers in a real-world hosting environment. Details

The Catalyst, OSU's outstanding journal devoted to research and creative efforts of undergraduates, is seeking three co-editors to work on the journal. Students interested can be in any major and will be planning to graduate no earlier than spring of 2015. Qualifications include good English skills and the ability to work well in teams. Ideal applicants will have experience working with InDesign or other page layout software, but that is not an absolute requirement. Details

Study Abroad Student Coordinator, College of Engineering, International Programs. The College of Engineering is now accepting applications for two Student Coordinators for Study Abroad. The Student Coordinator is a member of a small team reporting to the Coordinator for International Programs. Primary Responsibilities: Advise engineering students on study abroad program selection. Assist engineering students with study abroad course approvals. Deliver study abroad information sessions for engineering students. Maintain a database of student records pertaining to study abroad. Respond to student inquiries via email and phone. Represent engineering study abroad at campus recruitment/outreach events. Design and develop study abroad marketing materials. Details

Intern - Electrical Testing, Daimler Trucks North America - Portland, OR. Assist HiL engineers in developing Simulink models to simulate heavy duty truck behavior. Troubleshoot modeling/programming issues and electronic equipment. Learn about dSpace hardware in the loop components and assist in upgrading and maintaining HiL lab. Assist Mechatronics engineers and managers in refining specifications and requirements. Become an expert in DOORs requirements management system. Develop test cases based on feature requirements. Maintain multi-department issues list and interface with managers and engineers to resolve open items. Create various automated reports based on excel database to support project management. Details

ASIC Mixed Signal engineers, Tektronix. Tektronix ASIC team is hiring a few college graduates in its Beaverton, OR and Santa Clara, CA locations. The ASIC Mixed Signal engineer will be a member of the ASIC team that interacts with Analog/circuit designers, digital/RTL designers, PD and verification teams Will be responsible for Hard Custom Macro development to support the following activities under guidance of senior team members. Details

Partial list of jobs posted in the past week through LinkedIn (these are just a few of the hundreds of jobs listed)

Don’t forget to check out the AfterCollege job site, tailored especially for our EECS students. Sample jobs:

 

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